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El Paso’s Own John Carney II to Contend for Second Eagle Racesaver Nationals Crown

Local Sprint Car Racer John Carney II is Nebraska bound once again.

The El Paso native has teamed with Scott Brown’s Lubbock Wrecker Service/Steward Builders No. 11c for this weekend’s Racesaver Nationals at Nebraska’s Eagle Raceway.  The event is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Carney will be gunning for a second Racesaver Nationals title after sweeping through the event in 2015.

“We cleaned house that year, we won the qualifying night, the Race of Champions and the final feature,” Carney recalls.  “We’re going to try to do that again.”

The shift to 305-ci Sprint Car action comes on the heels of several weeks of competition in both the 360-ci and 410-ci ranks in Iowa over the early portion of August aboard the California-based Clayton Snow No. 7 Sprint Car.

“Iowa was good for the most part, we just had a little bit of tough luck along the way,” Carney says.

A runner-up finish in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition at Oskaloosa’s Southern Iowa Speedway on Tuesday night, August 7, was the highlight of Carney’s Southern Iowa Speedweeks.

“Finishing second at Oskaloosa was good for everyone’s confidence,” Carney explains.  “We got hung up behind a lapped car, otherwise I think we would have had a good shot at winning.”

The strong Oskaloosa run came on the heels of a heartbreaking Knoxville 360 Nationals where only the scales stopped Carney from starting the Saturday night, August 4, finale.

After racing to a 13th-place finish in his Thursday night preliminary at the Knoxville 360 Nationals, Carney gridded Saturday night’s “B” Main outside the third row and raced to an apparent fourth-place transfer position to the “A” Main.

However, the run was disallowed after rolling across the scales below the minimum allowed weight.

“We knew exactly how much we needed but it still went across 20 pounds light,” Carney recalls.  “We had the same car at Oskaloosa, we literally didn’t change a thing on it and we were way above the minimum.”

After the strong Oskaloosa run, Carney kicked off his first Knoxville Nationals effort on Thursday night, August 9 by timing in a solid 16th-quick and then climbing from fifth to finish fourth and transfer to the night’s “A” Main event.

Carney was set to start the night’s feature in third, but engine issues in the nightcap took away the potential for a strong points night.

“We timed in decent and finished fourth in the heat,” Carney says.  “Starting third gave us a good chance to rack up some points, but then it wouldn’t run.  I normally would have pulled off but I stayed out just to accumulate whatever points we could get.”

A 19th-place finish on the night was one position too short to lock into Saturday’s “B” Main as Carney missed the tenth “B” Main starting position by just one point, which meant starting all over in Friday’s Hard Knox event to determine Saturday’s fate.

Despite wholesale changes, persistent motor issues limited Carney to a ninth-place run in the Hard Knox “B” Main that landed Carney on the pole of Saturday’s “D” Main.  Carney transferred from Saturday’s “D” Main before his night came to a conclusion in the “C” Main.

“Saturday we took off okay, but it was early and the track was pretty narrow so we just rode it out,” Carney says.  “I look forward to getting back together with the Clayton Snow No. 7 team later in the year, they have good equipment and we have fun racing together.”

With an eventful Southern Iowa Speedweeks in the books, Carney shifts focus to Eagle, Nebraska this weekend as he tries to reel in another Racesaver Nationals crown.

John Carney Racing is made possible by the support of invaluable partners including Mesilla Valley Transportation, Vado Speedway Park, South Plains Auto Transport, Danny Sander Construction, CSR Garage, Briley Trucking, Momentum Racing Suspensions, Performance Plus, Performance Motor Coach, Raider Graphix, MSD Ignition, Joe Hunt Magnetos and Bell Helmets.

Fans can keep track of John Carney II’s on-track action by clicking on schedule and results or on Facebook

Next Up: Racesaver Nationals at Eagle (NE) Raceway on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

El Paso Racer Carney II Grabs Win No. 11 of 2016 Season

Taking the Steward Builders No. 224 to the southwest this past weekend, John Carney II took on the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region at the Western Tech Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas and the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M. with double podium weekend that included Carney’s 11th win of the season.

Starting off at the Western Tech Speedway in El Paso on Friday, July 29, the native son came from ninth to win at the three-eighths mile oval.

“The track was heavy in El Paso, so we freed the car up for the main but it was still too tight. We started ninth and just picked our way through there,” commented Carney. Finding Colton Hardy leading, Carney completed the pass only to see the caution wave. On the restart however, John was determined to get out front.

“I pretty much decided I was going where ever the guy in front of me didn’t. He peeled off low, so I went high, and that gave me some momentum going down the back straight-a-way and away we went.”

For Carney, the win was a very personal one as the track is slated to close at the end of the 2016 season, “That is more than likely the last race I’ll ever run at El Paso, so it was good to get a win. It was also where I ran my first 360cid Winged Sprint Car race; my first race at all really, so it was great to close the track on a high note.”

On to Las Cruces, N.M. the following night, John’s run ended with a runner-up performance after battling with long time southwest rival, Lorne Wofford.

“We got side by side several times running second and third. I was determined the run the bottom, and as usual, Lorne was set on running the top so it was a typical battle between me and him. We’ve certainly had plenty of those,” chuckled Carney.

“Ziehl was kind of running away at first before we finally started running him down. I actually ran both of them down on the bottom, but they started throwing slime into the groove so I kept pushing in one a two and it just started playing havoc with me so Loren was able to get Ziehl, and within a few laps, I got him,” explained Carney of the chase. “

“After that, I got close to Lorne a couple times but every time we’d come up on lapped cars, I was forced to use that low line again in one and two more times than I wanted and it just kept messing with me. I finally did have a run on him, and I knew it was going to be tight, but I cleared him. I know I cleared him, but rather than slow up and turn down the track, and just rear ended me, and that turned me over the cushion and pointed me off the track momentarily so by the time I gathered it back up, I think we only had two to go, it was too late. We ended up my right front was at his left rear at the finish.”

Up next for Carney is the 26th Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank. John will be behind the wheel of the Scott Brown owned No. 11x.

“I have to thank Scott for the opportunity to get behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do at Knoxville.”

For continued updates on John Carney II and the John James Racing No. 4j, fans can follow along on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570728686284547&fref=ts.

Season So Far:

Events: 37; Wins: 11; Top 5: 19; Top 10: 23; Top 15: 26; Top 20: 31

Up Next:

Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa) – 360 Nationals August 4-6, 2016

Author: Bryan Hulbert – SprintSource